EPA’s Environment and Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP) program ran from 2008 to 2013. The program required large energy and water-using sites (those that used 100 TJ of energy or 120 ML of water per year) to identify and implement resource efficiency actions.
In February 2013, the Victorian Government advised EPA that it would begin to sunset the mandatory EREP program early. The EREP Regulations were originally due to sunset on 31 December 2014.
This decision followed a review that found that EREP could place unnecessary compliance burden on businesses due to duplication with current Commonwealth programs, including the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program and the carbon price.
The regulatory savings of the early susetting of EREP have been measured as $3.5 to 4.7 million over 22 months.
EPA encourages business to continue to identify and implement resource efficiency actions. Program information continues to be available to assist businesses to make informed decisions about resource efficiency.